Written by: Mistr on July 22, 2019

Why you need a boozy fragrance

In most circumstances, when a fragrance begins to reek of alcohol, that's a fair indicator it's time to do away with it. However, some of the more adventurous perfumers have distilled the notes most commonly found in your old mans liquor cabinet to an oftentimes sensual outcome. Use with caution.

Aged scotch, fine rum, small batch gin… admit when you walk into a bar where care is taken with proper cocktails – no umbrellas or innuendos in the title – there is a certain scent that immediately imparts a sense of warmth. Much as the spirits themselves do when ingested. Scents that have a whiff of elegant booze about them have been lurking among the florals and timbers for ages, but it’s only recently that they have been ensnaring the attention of punters who are stepping up to counters and asking for a double. Here are the seven we rate as top shelf.

Lubin Idole De Lubin – it’s the spiced rum that catches and holds the attention here. A modern-day classic you will wear forever. lubin.eu

P. Frapin & Cie L’Humaniste – juniper brings a faint trace of gin to the citrus top notes. Underplayed and elegant. parfums-frapin.com

P. Frapin & Cie Caravelle Epicee – another shot of joy from the French house that’s been in business since 1270 – wrap your head around that date – although this time with candied brandy at the forefront. parfums-frapin.com

Penhaligon’s Blasted Heath – the archetypal duo of whiskey and tobacco. Here’s to your health. penhaligons.com

Malin + Goetz Dark Rum – A sparkling update of the Bay Rum barbershop classic. malinandgoetz.com

Bond No 9 NYC Coney Island – tequila is the go here- the kind you sip not shoot with caramel and cinnamon to boot. bondno9.com

Maison Martin Margiela Replica Jazz Club – the only time you should ever mix whiskey and rum. Maisonmargiela.com

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